New frontier in cattle health

By Campaspe News

ROCHESTER was one stop on stage two of Virbac Australia’s multi-stop tour through Victoria and Tasmania.

Designed to explain the effects of trace minerals on dairy cattle health and performance, the roadshow was headlined by international dairy veterinarian Dr Dan Tracy, along with a host of local industry experts.

The second leg saw the team visit Rochester, Numurkah and Cobram on June 17 and 18.

Producers had the chance to learn more about the latest research on trace mineral science and the impact of trace mineral injections on cow and calf immune systems, with insights on how and why trace mineral injections can improve fertility and productivity.

“We already know a fair bit about trace minerals as they relate to fertility – but the really interesting stuff is looking specifically at immunity and the potential for overall improvements to animal health. The US is leading the research in this area, and it really is showing us what’s achievable, with some intriguing potential solutions to help boost the overall health of dairy cows and calves,” Dr Tracy said.

Dairy producer Darryl Hammond from Melaleuca Park, Buln Buln, attended last week’s Warragul event, and described the event as a great opportunity to see a lot of independent studies backing up Multimin claims.

“Dr Tracy really gave us a sense of confidence with using Multimin in our dairy herd by showing us the independent data backing up what we have been seeing visually in our treated animals,’’ he said.

‘‘I learnt a lot about how well Multimin complements vaccines and drenches when used at the same time and I find it interesting to see the gradual improvements to growth and coat colour in our herd after treating with Multimin.”

Also in attendance was Virbac Australia’s new Technical Services Manager for Nutrition, Dr Paula Gonzalez Rivas, who promised to bring a wealth of experience in animal nutrition to the company in her new role.

She spoke about the improvements of vaccine response when using Multimin in conjunction with ‘seven in one’.

“Nutrition – along with adequate health programs such as vaccination and drenching – is the foundation for good health. Multimin is increasingly proving its worth, not only as one of Virbac’s best known products for fertility, but also for immunity and overall cattle health and performance,” she said.